Grief. Sometimes life throws such loss at us, that we can barely breathe through our grief. Sometimes grief pops up years later for someone or some thing that we miss. Different people grieve differently and yet, grief is universal.
Faith can give us strength to keep moving forward. Faith can help us hold onto the good memories and to live out meaningful legacies. Faith can fill those places within which loss ripped out from us. Holy Love will not let us go.
Today I pray for all of those who are grieving. May you be filled with the strength and assurance of Holy Love by the Divine Comforter:
What do you believe about God/Universe/Wholeness/Divinity/Spirituality?
Today’s Home Communion focuses on the Holy Love, the Life-Giver, the Breath and Bread of Life.
I invite you to join me:
I am thankful for the beauty that surrounds us in music, visuals, sweet aromas, tangible gifts of Holy Beauty.
I am thankful for each and every one who pours out their heart in a way that brings hope, joy, love, life to others.
My blessings on all the artists!
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to share in my pondering, my prayers, my hope for every person to know how deeply they are loved, and for the world to be filled with love as a result.
This prayer is offered in memory of my mother who would have been 91 today.
Prayer Starter: To rejoice in the Ordinary
Each day we are given the Gift of Life. No matter how hard the gift may be to open or if we get hurt trying to open our gift, the Gift is still waiting on us to accept it and rejoice in it.
Spiritual Practice for today:
Write a letter of gratitude – to yourself! Write a letter of what you feel good about within you, both natural gifts and those that you have cultivated. Write a thank you for accomplishments, big or small. Focus on the good and give thanks.
Welcome to my pondering and my prayer:
Accepting the Cup of Christ is not a putting oneself down. It is believing in oneself enough to know that you can make a difference, that you can bring blessing, that the power of life dwells in you.
You are invited to share at this Table of Love:
In the down times, we probably don’t feel like joy at all, much less to try to think about joy. Sometimes, it feels better to grieve or whine.
Yet joy comes from deep within. Joy comes from knowing The Higher Power is a Power That Comes to Us, Connects With Us, Dwells Within Us. This deep joy restores us.
I invite you to join with me in prayer where the very thing I’m talking about happens:
This is World Communion Sunday! It is a gift of reminder that we are all part of The Fullness of God, a Unity wholly complete in all our Diversity. Christ proclaimed and lived out that All are Loved and Welcomed.
Please join me in Communion at Home this morning on And She Pondered/Streaming Grace.
Technology is spinning my head around today! I did post a live prayer and Spiritual Practice on my And She Pondered pages on Instagram and Facebook. May it be a blessing to you.
We are created to help and to be helped. We are stronger when we work together. Jesus tells his disciples that he will send the Holy Spirit as a Helper to them when he is no longer with them in the flesh. The same word, Helper, is used in Genesis as Adamah is created from the rib of Adam.
Helpers are not less than. Women are not less than. We are all equal in our Loving Creator’s eyes.
Take notice of each person who helps you today, from the farmer, grocer, seamstress, water department, delivery staff, to those who work and/or live with you. Say a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing for each one.
Spiritual Practice: Take a few minutes to sit quietly with your eyes closed, breathing, deeply, slowly. As you inhale, visualize breathing in God’s Healing Love for you. As you exhale, remind yourself that you are loved, that you are not your trauma, that you are not at fault for harm done by others. Forgive yourself for any self-harm. Let the hurt go into the All-Encompassing Love. May it be so. Amen.